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dissolution of marriage

Dissolution of marriage is generally another term for divorce—but in some states it specifically refers to an uncontested divorce—a no fault divorce with a written separation agreement. And in California, for example, there is a summary dissolution that provides an expedited process under limited circumstances (California Family Code §2400).

The laws regarding various methods for dissolving a marriage are usually located in a state’s statutes—often in the Family Code or Domestic Relations Code.

In Texas, the term 'dissolution of marriage' is synonymous with divorce. Texas is a 'no-fault' divorce state, meaning that a spouse can file for divorce without having to prove wrongdoing by the other party. The Texas Family Code governs the dissolution of marriage and provides the legal framework for issues such as property division, child custody, and support. While Texas does not have a formal 'summary dissolution' process like California, it does offer an uncontested divorce option for couples who agree on all terms of their divorce, including property division and child-related matters. This is often referred to as an 'agreed divorce' or 'uncontested divorce.' To qualify for an uncontested divorce, both parties must reach an agreement on all aspects of the divorce and be willing to sign the necessary legal documents. The process is generally faster and less expensive than a contested divorce, as it avoids a trial and minimizes court involvement.

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